Category Archives: Feng Shui

Declutter Your Life

This is the fourth in a series of blogs that I’m posting in response to a challenge posed by Winnie Kao, an intrepid blogger who launched “Your Turn Project,” which urges wayward bloggers like me to post a blog every day for a week. I’m a few days late, but I’m still in the game.

Today’s question is, “Teach us about something that you do well.”

Decluttering. As a Feng Shui practitioner and enthusiast, I can unequivocally state that this is one of the quickest and simplest ways to change your life — in ways large and small. I’m a believer, I do it well, and so can you.

Here’s what you do.

1. Choose a space that you consider cluttered — a closet, storeroom, cabinet, trunk, desk drawer, tabletop, kitchen cupboard, etc.

2. Label three boxes or bags: THROW-AWAY; GIVE-AWAY; STOW-AWAY

3. Ask yourself these questions about each item:
Do I love it?
Do I need it?
Does it reflect and/or support who I am now?
Do I associate it with positive thoughts, memories and/or emotions?
Does it need to be fixed or repaired, and am I willing to do so within the week?
If it’s time to let it go, where is it going and when/how will I get it there?

4. Either keep the item or put it into the appropriate box or bag until you’ve gone through every item in the space.

5. If there are items that you’re not sure about, put them into a STOW-AWAY box with a reminder note dated six weeks from now and check it to see which things you still want to hang onto.

6. Prepare and label the GIVE-AWAYS to go to their new home — family, friends, charity, consignment, etc. Make sure to remove them from your space within a week.

7. Put the STOW-AWAYS in their proper places with love and gratitude.

8. Within the week, repair the KEEPERS that need to be fixed.

Well done! You’ve let go of the old and made room for the new. Keep an eye out for helpful people, opportunities and things to flow into your life.



Feng Shui For Splendid Spaces

This is the second in a series of blogs that I’m posting in response to a challenge posed by Winnie Kao, a blogger who launched “Your Turn Project,” which urges wayward bloggers like me to post a blog every day for a week.

Today’s question is “Tell us about something that is important to you.

Many things are important to me and Feng Shui is one of them. Pronounced, “Fung Shway,” it is the ancient Chinese art and science of placement (over 3000 years old). Feng Shui is based on the idea that the quality of your life – of your health, prosperity and happiness – is intimately connected with the quality of your environment.

For years I’ve been in love with the idea that making particular adjustments in my living and working environment would support changes that I wanted to make in my life.

Plus I’ve always been keen to connect with that larger Reality that is not typically accessible through our five senses. Science is now affirming that consciousness and our physical reality are intertwined – and so Feng Shui, which strongly supports our awareness of that interconnection, is a powerful ally for positively affecting our day-to-day lives.

If I feel overwhelmed or scattered with too much busyness or if something painful has happened in my life or if I have to face a big challenge of some kind, here’s that I do. I immediately clean and declutter my space, I remove everything that no longer reflects my current interests and circumstances, and I bring as much order and harmony as I can to my environment.

That never fails to help me think more clearly, have a clearer sense of what my priorities are, and feel more empowered. And more in my heart, as opposed to rattling around in the abattoir of my meddlesome, confidence-crushing mind.

Understanding which areas of my home or office correspond with which areas of my life has helped with issues like career, finances, and relationships. When I was living in a high-rise apartment with an uncomfortably high rent, I enhanced its Wealth and Prosperity area and not too long thereafter, a home came to me that was half the rent and just as nice. Nicer in some ways. These kinds of “coincidences” happen to me all the time.

What I love about Feng Shui is that it compels us to reflect on what’s really important to us, on what we truly and deeply desire. In order to make the changes in our spaces and in our lives, we need to know what we want. Often it isn’t what we have assumed it to be.

That’s what excites me as a Feng Shui Practitioner cum Creativity Coach. Helping people to identify their heart’s desires and to bring them back home. Creating splendid spaces inside and out.